In this post we’ll suggest 5 free things to do in Norfolk with the kids. Norfolk’s top visitor attractions are brilliant but can be expensive for larger families. The following alternatives were suggested by members of our Facebook community, can be just as much fun, and are free to enjoy.
Redwings Horse Sanctuary
Redwings Horse Sanctuary has two visitor centres in Norfolk. Both centres are free to visit and are great for young animal lovers.
Caldecott is the largest visitor centre with over a hundred horses, ponies, donkeys, and mules. Aylsham is smaller with about fifty equine residents. Children can interact with the animals at both visitor centres. Both locations also have cafes and play areas for the kids.
You can find more information about the Caldecott Visitor Centre here
You can find more information about the Aylsham Visitor Centre here
Both visitor centres are great options is you’re looking for free things to do in Norfolk with the kids.
Crabbing is a great way to spend an afternoon at the coast. Our favourite crabbing spots in Norfolk are Cromer Pier, Blakeney Estuary, and the harbour at Wells-next-the-Sea.
You only need a bucket, a line, old tights, and some bacon for hours of family fun. Many local shops also sell crabbing nets and accessories for a couple of pounds.
Information about how to crab, and the equipment needed, can be found here
Crabbing is a great idea if you’re looking for free things to do in Norfolk with the kids.
RSPB Titchwell Marsh
Nature lovers will enjoy the nature reserve at Titchwell near Kings Lynn.
Follow the West Bank path to explore wild landscapes of saltmarsh, reedbeds, freshwater lagoons, and undeveloped beaches. Follow the East Trail to find quieter pools full of wildlife.
Titchwell have a visitor centre with cafe, guided walks three times a week, nature trails to follow, a picnic area, and a wide sandy beach with excellent views across The Wash.
You can find more information about Titchwell Marsh here. Titchwell Marsh is fab for nature lovers if you’re looking for free things to do in Norfolk with the kids.
Baconsthorpe Castle, near Holt, is brilliant for a picnic and an adventure with the kids.
Explore the fortified castle ruins, dating from the 15th century, without having to pay the hefty heritage fees associated with other ruins.
You can find more information about Baconsthorpe Castle here. Another great idea if you’re looking for free things to do in Norfolk with the kids.
Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum
The Flixton museum has a great collection of aircraft and aviation items on display and is free to visit. They have fighter planes like the Sea Harrier and Spitfire, foreign planes like the MiG-15, and many other items like Bloodhound missiles. There are also activities for children in the hangars, and an aircraft and boat to play on outside.
You can find more information about the Norfolk and Suffolk aviation museum here. It’s a great option if you’re looking for free things to do in Norfolk with the kids.
There are many free things to do in Norfolk with the kids – ranging from horse sanctuaries to ruined castles. The five suggestions above are just a few ideas from our Facebook community members.